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CD-ROM of hands-on, interdisciplinary activities for grades K-5.
Counting on People is an elementary curriculum that connects students to the world around them, while building their math, literacy, technology, and critical thinking skills. Explore the fundamentals of human geography and ecology including how populations grow and use resources, the importance of wildlife and healthy ecosystems, and how we can all work toward a sustainable planet where everyone's needs are met.
The CD includes: 40 hands-on activities that are tied to national, Common Core, and state standards; Service learning ideas for community awareness and change; Recommended children's literature and multimedia tools; Links to online resources for you and your students; Puzzles, readings, and more!
CD-ROM (Windows/Macintosh). ©2013.
Facts and Background:
» How Do People Use the Earth's Resources?
An elementary-level reading that addresses renewable and non-renewable resources.
» How Many is Enough?
An elementary-level reading that addresses carrying capacity.
» What Are People's Basic Needs?
An elementary-level reading that describes the basic needs for all people.
» What Is a Population?
An elementary-level reading that discusses populations and habitat.
» Earth: Apple of our Eye? (Elementary)
A visual demonstration that illustrates the limits on farmland, making the importance of conservation clear.
» Crowding Can Be Seedy
Students experience the effects of increasing population density when they pretend to be sprouting plants in a garden.
» Mining for Chocolate
After matching everyday products to their rock or mineral sources, students "mine" chocolate chip cookies to discover the impacts of many mining operations.
» More or Less
A concept map, based around the causal concept of "More People." Students build the word web, and discuss interconnections.
» Something for Everyone
In a simulation game, students desiring to draw renewable resources from a common pool determine short-term consumption strategies that will preserve a long-term supply of the resource for all.
» The Stork and the Grim Reaper
The carrying capacity of a finite planet is demonstrated by two students, who use dippers to simulate the birth rate and death rate.